1997 Free Summer Festival Concert in Huntington's Hecksher Park

Saturday, July 19, 1997



Oscar Brand

A composer and balladeer, Oscar Brand is a world-renowned name in folk music who brought his many talents to the stage for this event.

An icon from folk days past, his prolific vocabulary of songs and life experiences span more than 50 years in folk music. Oscar's musical career developed during the late 1930's when he shared stages with greats such as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Burl Ives and Pete Seeger. Oscar has won numerous awards for his contribution to the world of music and is the proud recipient of the 1996 Peabody Award for his radio show "Folksong Festival" which he has hosted weekly since 1945. This WNYC broadcast is the longest running radio show in America and helped to launch the careers of Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Weavers.

An Oscar Brand concert is filled with the politics of life, love and government and digs deep into the music of the past while including songs that are inspired by events taken right out of today's headlines.

Oscar Brand had something to offer to everyone in the audience and was a performer who presented a show that you just can't get anywhere else.

Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette

This husband and wife team are really three acts in one!

By combining separate careers that started more than 20 years ago, they have performed in concerts and festivals across the United States and Europe. Steve and Cindy are a classy duo that exxpress a deep affection for traditional and contemporary music and are one of the most talented folk music acts in the world today. Their strong perfoming gifts on guitars, concertina, banjo and fiddle are enhanced perfectly by their rich vocal harmonies.

Steve Gillette is a master song craftsman whose musical style reflects his roots in the traditional music and singer/songwriter movement of the mid '60's. He plays acoustic rhythm guitar with a unique style by using a flat-pick and two fingers that compare to Doc Watson's. Steve's diversified compositions have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Ian & Sylvia, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt and yes, even Jiminy Cricket and Dumbo!!!

Cindy Mangsen has a compelling voice that is so pure and clear that it can even melt the snow from a cold New England winter! Performing on guitar, banjo, fidle, and her main insrument, the concertina, her solo vocals often include a haunting 500 year old ballad, early blue s melodies, as well as a song or two of her own.

In their duos, Steve and Cindy delighted us with depression era folk, novelty songs, country ballads, delta blues and western swing. That's why music critics all over are calling them a match made in folk music heaven!